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STELCO plans 50 megawatt floating solar panel installation

The Maldives’ State Electric Company Limited (STELCO) announced plans to implement a 50 megawatt floating solar panel project to power the country’s capital Male’ and provide renewable energy for 28 islands with rooftop installations, reports local media.

STELCO is seeking investors for this joint venture, which will involve floating solar panels since the 300 hectares of land needed for installations is not available in Male’, STELCO Chairman Ahmed Shareef told Haveeru.

This clean energy project also aims to install solar panels on house rooftops, whereby the energy generated will be deducted from electricity bills. Shareef estimated private household bills will be reduced by 30 to 40 percent.

Currently, 80 percent of STELCO’s revenue is used to purchase fuel for energy generation.

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One Comment on "STELCO plans 50 megawatt floating solar panel installation"

  1. Minwoo Kim on Thu, 21st Mar 2013 5:00 AM 

    Obama’s energy policy is right. The world goes solar. Japan’s FiT in July is among the highest in the world. Japan’s FiT is shaking the solar market. Now, USA has the same options. New solutions will be showed in Japan. This is it!

    As you know, earthquake in Japan is happening frequently. Floating photovoltaic system is one of the best solutions for power crisis in Japan. Every year Some typhoons arrive Japan. The typhoon has strong wind. Floating photovoltaic system must have constructed to resist typhoons. So you have to reduce vibration to install floating solar power generation system. Because, it can make micro-cracks to floating solar panels and the durability problem of floating photovoltaic system. The risk of power loss in PV modules due to micro cracks is increasing.

    Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for floating photovoltaic system has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when Floating solar panels are being rolled, pitched and yawed on the water. Recently, these Floating Body Stabilizers have been used to reduce vibration of Floating Solar Panels in South Korea. You can watch New Floating Body Stabilizer videos on YouTube. http://youtu.be/O2oys_YHhCc, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA_xFp5ktbU&feature=youtu.be.

    Floating photovoltaic system also needs the directional control mooring technology. Directional change of solar panels reduces electricity production. So it’s very important to maintain effectively same direction and position on the water.


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